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A stained-glass window depicting St Francesca  (Photo: CNS)

St Francesca Cabrini (December 22) became the first American to be canonised in 1946

Daily readings: December 18 – 24

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Fourth Sunday of Advent: 2 Sam 7:1-5 & 8-11; Rm 16:25-27; Lk 1:26-38

Standing on top of a pillar all day left St Daniel with foul-smelling feet

St Daniel the Stylite (December 11) was told that monastic discipline would be beyond him

Daily readings: December 11 – 17

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Mary proclaimed the Magnificat during the Visitation, painted here by Pontormo (1494-1557)

Follow Mary through the financial crisis

Third Sunday of Advent: Is 61:1-2 & 10-11; 1 Thes 5:16-24; Jn 1:6-8 & 19-28

Salisbury, where St Osmund was a humble and orthodox bishop

St Osmund of Salisbury (December 4) was ‘praised for his wisdom and holiness’

Daily readings: December 4 – 10

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Second Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 40:1-5 & 9-11; 2 Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8

A fourth-century painting of St Andrew in the Catacombs of St Thecla in Rome

Apostle Andrew, the first to be called

St Andrew (November 30) preached in the Ukraine, Turkey and Greece